Members of right-wing populist groups protest on Jan. 9 in Cologne after hundreds of sexual assaults on New Year’s Eve.
Since New Year’s Eve, when a rash of hundreds of public sexual assaults shook the city of Cologne, Germany, the rest of the world has watched closely as German police try to bring the perpetrators to justice. The cases have taken on partisan import for right-wing politicians: Most victims said their assailants were of Middle Eastern or North African descent, and prosecutors found that many of the suspects were petitioning the German government for refugee status.
During the We Are Sthlm music festival, large groups of young men harassed girls sexually.
It took days for police to acknowledge the extent of the mass attacks on women celebrating New Year’s Eve in Cologne. The Germans were lucky; in Sweden, similar attacks have been taking place for more than a year and the authorities are still playing catch up. Only now is the truth emerging, both about the attacks and the cover-ups. Stefan Löfven, our Prime Minister, has denounced a ‘double betrayal’ of women and has promised an investigation. But he ought to be asking this: what made the police and even journalists cover up the truth?